How to accurately shoot a carbine airgun?

Many of us associate airgun shooting mainly with an amusement park, and not with serious sports or recreational shooting. I will try to introduce you to the basics of shooting with the most popular carbine air guns in our country, so that the pellets hit as close to the center of the target as possible.

The solution is to learn the correct posture. You must position your body the same way before each shot. Repetition is the key to success.

Shooting stances

Depending on your preferences or needs, you can shoot with:

Standing posture

Sports attitude, the most popular, will seem difficult to you. However, after some time, you will train the right muscle groups. You stand sideways so that your feet are in the axis of the carabiner. You extend your left hip and rest the elbow of the hand holding the weapon on it. You rest the stock on your right shoulder and put your hand on the handle.

Sitting posture

You can sit cross-legged as well as use a chair or a support. You must remember to keep your body relaxed so that cramps do not occur. You can’t tense your neck muscles.

Kneeling posture

You move your left leg forward towards the target, and bend your right leg at the knee and kneel. You can squat on your right foot. Rest your left elbow on your left knee. The right hand holds a gun at the right shoulder. Elbow close to the body.

Lying posture

The possibility of supporting directly on the ground with the largest possible surface ensures very high stability. This ensures greater accuracy of the shot. Remember that the body must be relaxed and the angle between the arm and the ground should be at least 30 degrees. The carabiner must not touch the ground.

Artillery grip

Once you’ve mastered shooting stances, you need to focus on gripping your gun properly. When firing, the weapon is supported in three points: that is the handguard where the hand supports the weapon, the other hand on the pistol grip, and the stock resting on the wound. We don’t fight the recoil, we just let the weapon move freely according to the motion forced by the recoil. It has to become a habit and you have to remember a few more rules when taking a shot.

– The hand supporting the weapon cannot be clamped on the stock. The weapon lies freely in the hand so that it can freely move forward and backward.
– The elbow of the hand supporting the weapon must be in line with the stock, under the weapon. It cannot protrude sideways, as this may cause the weapon to shift sideways.
– Right elbow in line with the windbreaker, i.e. vertically.
– The hand on the pistol grip freely embraces, does not squeeze, so that the finger freely reaches the trigger.
– The stock is slightly resting on the shoulder, we cannot press it strongly against the shoulder as when firing a firearm. We allow the weapon to recoil freely on recoil.
– The grip of the gun and the shooter’s posture must be the same every time. It has to be practiced dry.
These few principles of assuming a shooting position, combined with proper aiming and trigger pull technique, will allow you to achieve better, proper results. You will feel the recoil of the weapon, but thanks to these rules it will be predictable and always the same.

Pull the trigger with the last part of your index finger. Ideally, the middle phalanges of the fingers should be directed perpendicular to the barrel of the carbine. The thumb should lie freely on the stock parallel to the barrel. Sliding the finger on the trigger at an angle causes the weapon to deflect, which reduces the accuracy of the shot.

Remember to wait a second after the shot for the pellet to leave the barrel and hit the target. Only then can you leave the barrel.

OHS – safety

Air guns can also be dangerous and you should minimize the risk of using them. Remember the basic rules:

– the air gun is not a toy and can cause serious injuries
– treat the air gun as if it were loaded and stretched
– never aim at people and animals
– do not leave it unattended
– common sense
– wear safety glasses
– there are no people or animals behind the target, only a bullet trap
– do not shoot at surfaces that may ricochet
– anticipate, do not take risks
– be aware.
Foreign customers are invited to the English version of our Shooting Range in Cracow.